|Blanchester Wildcats Athletics||
10/19/15 - Varsity Girls Soccer
The Blanchester Ladycats fell to Norwood in tournament play with a 1-0 loss on Mondaynight. The Ladycats suffered a heartbreaker, as an exciting and evenly matched game was decided on a Gabby Smith goal with only 5 minutes remaining in the game. The first half showcased a back and forth game that saw each team take chances, but each team was turned away by solid defensive plays. Blan narrowly missed taking the lead in the first half when an Audrey Jordan pass found Sierra Drake at the back post, but the ensuing shot sailed just high, and half-time hit with the scored tied at 0. The second half saw more of the same until Smith took advantage of tired legs and raced past the Blan defense for the only goal of the game. Regan Ostermeier had 12 saves in goal for the Ladycats on the evening. Seniors Audrey Jordan and Tristan Culberson had strong games for the Cats in their final game, and despite the loss Coach Ballinger commented that, "Even though we lost, I'm proud of the effort from the ladies tonight and all season, they left it all on the field, and that's all a coach can ask for." Blanchester finishes the season with a record of 11-5-1 on the year.
10/15/15 - Girls Soccer
Freshmen Emily Hinkle scored two goals to lead the Blanchester Ladycats past the Goshen Warriors in their regular season finale by a score of 2-1. The first half showcased a back and forth game, with Goshen starting out strong before Blan settled into the game and began gaining possession. Hinkle's first goal of the game, which came off of a cross from Tristan Culberson. Hinkle struck again off a drop pass from Audrey Jordan in the 67th minute with a rocket from twenty yards out that hit the top crossbar before ricocheting to the edge of the goal. Jordan's assist pushes her school record to 17 on the year. Coach Ballinger commented that, "Junior Brynne Cain stepped up in the second half and played a strong physical game defensively to help secure the win." With the win, Blan finishes the regular season at 11-4-1 on the year. Ballinger also remarked that, "This Wildcat team has faced more obstacles and adversity than any other team I have coached, and I am extremely proud of their toughness and next lady up mentality that has lead us through a successful regular season." Blanchester faces Norwood at homeon Monday night to open up tournament play.
10/12/15 - JV Girls Soccer
The Blanchester Ladycats JV soccer team took on Lynchburg in their season finale on Tuesday night and came away with a 2-2 tie. The match was a back and forth affair as both teams traded goals in each half. Lynchburg got on the scoreboard first, scoring on a breakaway and shot to take a 1-0 lead. Blanchester dug in from there, however, and evened the score with less than five minutes remaining in the first half. Virginia Maloney volleyed a cross into the box that was pounced on by freshman Shylinn Flint, who scored her first goal of the year with the finish, taking the teams to halftime knotted up at 1-1. In the second half, Blan took the lead with a penalty kick expertly taken by Brynne Cain to push the score to 2-1. Lynchburg rallied late in the game to score off of a Blan miscue with three minutes left to tie up the game and send the match to a draw. Regan Ostermeier played a strong game in goal for the Cats while Sally Schafer added a good effort on defense as well. The Ladycats JV finish the year with a record of 2-1-4 on the season.
10/1/15 - Girls Soccer
The Blanchester Ladycats varsity soccer team rebounded from last week's loss and defeated the Williamsburg Wildcats by a score of 6-1. The midfield trio of Audrey Jordan, Emily Hinkle, and Tristan Culberson swarmed Williamsburg from the start and kept the Ladycats in the attacking third of the field for a majority of the game. The scoring got started for Blanchester when a Jordan cross found Bekah Sams who put it away to take the lead. Culberson and Jordan both added goals soon after, coming off of passes from Sierra Drake and Hinkle respectively, giving the Ladycats a 3-0 halftime lead. Not much changed in the second half, with Sams putting in her second goal of the game from another Jordan pass. Jordan notched her third assist of the night after swinging in a corner kick that found Taylor McQuitty unmarked at the back post who volleyed it past the keeper. Williamsburg was able to beat the Ladycats defense on a long through ball to bring the score to 5-1, until Culberson answered shortly after to bring the score to 6-1. Regan Ostermeier had one save for Blan in the first half, while Sabrina Duncan added three in the second half. Mckenzie Hamm set the tone for the strong defensive effort for Blan. Jordan's three assists on the night push her season tally to 14, which ties the Blanchester school record for most in a season, held by both Caitie Zike and Tori Richardson. The Ladycats improve to 9-3-1 on the season and 6-2 in league play. - Coach Ballinger
9/28/15 - Girls Soccer
The Blanchester Ladycats varsity team were defeated by a score of 3-0 by the CNE Rockets on Monday night. The first half was a tense affair as CNE held an edge in time of possession, but the Cat defense held strong. The Ladycats found opportunities to score off of several counter attacks, but were unable to finish. The game remained stuck at zeroes until five minutes remaining in the half, as the Rockets powered home a header off of a corner kick to give them a lead they would not relinquish. The start of the second half saw CNE take control of the game with another goal within the first five minutes coming from a shot off a defensive miscue from Blan. The game remained at 2-0 for nearly the rest of the half, as Blan mustered a few more opportunities, but they were unable to create consistent pressure against a very tough CNE defensive effort. With one minute remaining in the game the score was pushed to 3-0 off an own goal from the Ladycats off of another corner kick. Regan Ostermeier had 15 saves in the goal for Blan. Midfielder Audrey Jordan and defenders Merri Lindsey and Emma Gundler played well for the Cats in the loss. Blan's record falls to 8-3-1 on the year and to 5-2 in league play.
9/24 - Girls Soccer
The Blanchester Ladycats varsity soccer team took on the Felicity Cardinals on Thursday night and came away with a 4-0 win. Junior Bekah Sams led the Ladycats in scoring with two goals on the night, giving her 10 goals in the past four games and pushing her season total to 14. Blan started the game off slow, holding possession but not creating many scoring chances in the first twenty minutes. Senior Audrey Jordan helped get the Blan offense back on track for the rest of the game, however, by sending a long through ball to Sams who finished across the goal to give the Cats a 1-0 lead. Jordan followed up with a goal of her own minutes later off an assist from Emily Hinkle to give the Cats a 2-0 cushion at halftime. Blan kept up the pace in the second half, with Sams getting her second goal by tracking down a Hinkle pass and redirecting it into the goal while absorbing a collision from the Felicity keeper. Senior Shauna Fiebing tallied the first goal of her career from a Jordan assist to finish up the scoring for Blanchester. Both Hinkle and Jordan eclipsed 10 assists for the season on the night, with Hinkle's two pushing her to 10, while Jordan's two gives her 11. Regan Ostermeier had one save for the Cats in the first half, and Sabrina Duncan had 1 save in the second half. Junior Mckenzie Miller led the Ladycats defense that earned it's 5th shutout of the season. The Ladycats improve their record to 8-2-1 on the year and take on league leading CNE on Monday. -Coach Ballinger
10/6/15 - Girls Soccer
The Blanchester Ladycats suffered a last second defeat at the hands of Bethel-Tate on Tuesday night, ending with a final score of 2-1. Bethel-Tate seized the victory by punching in a goal with 10 seconds left in the game off of a corner kick. Blan was unable to clear the corner, and after the ball was played back and forth through the box in a wild scrum, Bethel-Tate finally finished it into the net to drop the Ladycats to 9-4-1 on the season. The game started out as an even affair in the first half with neither team generating a solid scoring attack, which took the teams into half tied at 0-0. Bethel-Tate took a 1-0 lead in the second half by chipping over Blan keeper Regan Ostermeier, but Blan clawed back into the game ten minutes later. Sierra Drake evened up the game at one by finishing an Audrey Jordan cross to give the Ladycats new life. Blan generated several scoring chances after drawing even, but were unable to finish, leading to the dramatic finish. Jordan's assist gives her sole possession of Blanchester's single season assist record with 15 on the year. Regan Ostermeier had 7 saves in goal for Blanchester while Mckenzie Hamm put in a solid defensive effort for the Wildcats. Blanchester will be celebrating Senior Night on Thursday when they take on Georgetown at home for their final league match-up of the season. -Coach Ballinger
9/21/15 - Girls Soccer
The Blanchester Ladycats varsity soccer team defeated the Fairfield Lions by a score of 7-1 on Monday night fueled by Bekah Sams second hat trick of the year. Blanchester shot out of the gates quickly with a Taylor McQuitty goal in the first two minutes of the game. Blan didn't look back after gaining the early lead with Bekah Sams heading in a cross from McQuitty just a few moments later. Sams struck again powering in a shot off of a corner kick served in by Emily Hinkle. Both Audrey Jordan and Chloe Caplinger added first half goals to push the score to 5-0 before half. The second half saw Blan continue to control possession and add in two more goals. Sams completed her hat trick on an unstoppable rocket from twenty five yards out that ended up in the upper right corner, giving her 9 on the year. Caplinger rounded out the scoring with her second goal of the game. The Lions spoiled the Ladycat shutout with three minutes remaining on a great shot of their own that just snuck inside the post to beat the keeper. Tallying assists on the day were Emily Hinkle with 3, and Merri Lindsey, Emma Gundler, Jordan, and McQuitty with one each. Regan Ostermeier had 7 saves in goal for the Ladycats in the first half, with Sabrina Duncan adding 5 saves in the second half. Midfielder Cassidy Todd added in a quality game for the Cats as well. Blan improved to 6-2-1 on the year and takes on Norwood on Tuesday. - Coach Ballinger
9/22 JV Girls Soccer
The Ladycats JV soccer girls took on the Norwood Indians and came away with a 0-0 tie. The game became a defensive affair early on, with Blan defenders Savana Shank and Jalyna Ambrocia stymieing the Norwood attack. Freshmen forward Brianna Wilson created several scoring chances for the Cats, but ultimately Blan was unable to take advantage of the opportunities. Goalies Regan Ostermeier and Sabrina Duncan combined for the shutout for Blan. The Ladycats record moves to 2-1-2 on the year and they take on Bethel-Tate at home on Wednesday.
9/22 Varsity Girls Soccer
The Blanchester Ladycats varsity soccer team used a quick start to defeat the Norwood Indians by a score of 5-3. Junior Bekah Sams led the Ladycats with her second consecutive hat trick and third on the year to push her season goal total to 12. The Ladycats followed up quickly on the stunned Indians as freshmen Emily Hinkle scored the first goal of her career by sneaking a shot past the near post from a Taylor McQuitty pass. The second half continued to be an exciting affair as both teams traded attacks until Norwood nearly scored but were denied by keeper Regan Ostermeier on a collision that knocked her out of the game with an injury. Junior Sabrina Duncan came on in her place and made an immediate impact with a diving save from point blank range to thwart the Indians. Junior Sydney Scott scored her first career goal as well after Audrey Jordan created the scoring chance with her 9th assist of the year. Ostermeier had 12 saves in goal for the Cats, while Duncan added 10. Jordan and McQuitty both had two assists on the night while senior Shauna Fiebing added one.
9/17/15 - JV Girls Soccer
The Blanchester Ladycats JV soccer team took on Batavia on Thursday night and came away with a 1-1 tie. The match featured a competitive back and forth game, with the first half seeing momentum shift back and forth between the two evenly matched teams. The teams entered the half scoreless due to strong defensive efforts from both sides, and the beginning of the second half continued the trend. Batavia began to slowly gain control of time of possession, and snatched the first goal of the game off of a breakaway. Minutes later Blan struck back after a strong sliding save by keeper Reagan Ostermeier energized the Ladycats. Freshmen Brianna Wilson scored from the edge of the box from a Sydney Scott assist to even up the score at 1 all. Both teams created scoring chances but could not finish the attack as the score held until the end of the game. Savana Shank and Olivia Gundler patrolled a strong defensive line for the Ladycats to hold off several quality Batavia chances. The Ladycats record moves to 2-1-1 overall with the tie. -Coach Ballinger
9/15/15- Girls Soccer
The Ladycats varsity soccer team traveled to Fayetteville on Tuesday and came away with a 4-1 victory to improve their record to 5-2-1. The two teams combined for a competitive first half, with Blan striking first with a goal by junior Bekah Sams for her fifth goal of the year. Sams tracked down an Emily Hinkle through ball and absorbed a tackle from the keeper to finish it off. Sams struck again before half to push her season tally to six off an Audrey Jordan assist, leading to a halftime score of 2-0. Blan began to take more control in the second half, but the Fayetteville defense held strong until the final minutes. The final five minutes of the game saw a flurry of scoring, as Jordan picked up her sixth assist of the year with a precision cross to Chloe Caplinger. Jordan then added her fifth goal of the year less than a minute later off another assist from Hinkle. Fayetteville senior Riley Claytor spoiled the shutout for the Ladycats by putting in a shot off the post with two minutes remaining to bring the score to its final tally of 4-1. Regan Ostermeier had 12 saves in goal for the Ladycats, and the swarming Blan defense was led by valiant efforts from juniors Emma Gundler and Merri Lindsey. Blan returns to action on Monday as they travel to take on Leesburg Fairfield.
9/3/15 - Girls Soccer
The Blanchester Ladycats varsity soccer team topped the Bethel-Tate Tigers by a score of 3-0 on Thursday night. Senior Audrey Jordan wasted no time in taking control of the game, scoring in the first 45 seconds by showcasing a rare blend of speed and power. Jordan raced down a long kick from goalie Regan Ostermeier and muscled by the last defender in one quick burst before sending in a shot past the keeper to put Blan up 1-0. Blan continued to play strong and fast in building up their lead to 3-0 before the first half off of two Sierra Drake goals, both assisted from junior Bekah Sams. Drake's first goal was the result of a timely back post run to redirect a looping Sams cross from the corner. Sams generated the second of Drake's goals by tracking down a deflected shot and finding Drake open back post once again. The second half saw more opportunities for both teams, with defenders Mckenzie Hamm and Emma Gundler snuffing out scoring chances by Bethel. Regan Ostermeier earned the shutout by corralling 12 saves, and freshmen Emily Hinkle continued to display the poise of an upperclassmen in controlling the middle of the field. The win pushes Blan's record to 3-1-1 on the year, and they take on Georgetown in league play on Tuesday the 8th.
9/1/15 - Varsity Girls Soccer
The Blanchester Varsity Ladycats soccer team defeated Williamsburg 4-2 in league play Tuesday night. Rebounding from their loss last week, Blan found their stride early when freshmen Emily Hinkle threaded a ball to senior Audrey Jordan who raced past the keeper and finished to an open net to put the Ladycats up 1-0. Williamsburg fired back later in the half with a goal by Hope Schaljo, who chipped it over the Blan keeper to tie up the game. The first half played out as a tense affair until Audrey Jordan broke through the defense again, this time passing to sophomore Sierra Drake for an open shot, who put it away to give the Wildcats the lead. Moments later Drake got her second goal of the game off of a long assist from senior Tristan Culberson, giving the Ladycats a 3-1 halftime lead. Williamsburg struck quickly at the start of the half, putting in a goal to close the lead to 3-2, and nearly tied up the game in the middle of the second half. Williamsburg beat the Blan defense on a long ball over the top and had an open net to shoot at, but defender Mckenzie Hamm made the play of the game by racing back and clearing the ball mere moments before it crossed the line to hold the lead at one. Jordan scored her second goal of the game off a rocket from the edge of the box from a Chloe Caplinger assist to get the score to 4-2. Reagan Ostermeier had 8 saves for the Wildcats in goal. Blan improves their record to 2-1-1 on the year, and 2-1 in league play. -Coach Ballinger
8/31/15 - JV Girls Soccer
The Blanchester Ladycats JV soccer team defeated the Wilmington Hurricanes by a score of 4-0 on Monday night. Rebounding from a tough loss on Friday, the Ladycats came out with a higher level of intensity and put together a complete game against the Hurricanes. The Ladycats controlled the time of possession in the first half, but it wasn't until eight minutes before the half that Blan got themselves on the board. Sophomore Katie Wilson volleyed home a corner kick from freshmen Emily Hinkle to give the Ladycats a lead that they would not relinquish. Striking again quickly, Hinkle found freshmen Brianna Wilson this time on a through ball to give Blan a 2-0 halftime lead. The Ladycats continued to control the pace of the game in the second half and put in a penalty kick from freshmen Sally Schafer, and Brianna Wilson scored her second goal of the match following in a rebound off an Allie Jordan shot. Reagan Ostermeier earned the shutout in goal, and freshmen Savana Shank and Olivia Gundler played a great game defensively to keep the Hurricanes at bay. -Coach Ballinger
8/28/15 - JV Girls Soccer
The Ladycats JV soccer team lost in their season opener at Lynchburg by a score of 5-2. Lynchburg jumped out to a quick lead and went on to control the first half, building a 4-0 nothing lead. Minutes before halftime, sophomore Virginia Maloney put one past the keeper to make the score 4-1 at the break. Lynchburg reclaimed a 4 goal lead by opening the second half with another quick goal, but the Ladycats answered quickly with a goal of their own by Sydney Scott off of an assist from Maloney. Scott took a shot from the edge of the box that glanced off the keeper's hands and just crossed the goal line before the keeper could corral it again. Cassidy Todd, Olivia Gundler, and Sally Schafer also played at a high level despite the loss. The Ladycats JV play again Monday against Wilmington. - Coach Ballinger
8/22/15 Varsity Girls Soccer
The Blanchester Wildcats Girls Varsity soccer team opened their season on Saturday in Columbus with a 0-0 draw against the Batavia Bulldogs. Playing on the professional sized field of MAPFRE Stadium, home to the Columbus Crew of MLS, brought out inspired play from both opponents. The score line was not indicative of the level of play, as both teams created several scoring chances that fell just wide or were foiled by standout defensive plays. Senior Audrey Jordan, junior Bekah Sams and freshmen Emily Hinkle generated quality opportunities in the first half utilizing the wide major league pitch to attack Batavia with long through balls past the defense. Moments before halftime, Batavia closed in on a sure goal before junior defensive standout Savana Greene raced back to make two consecutive tackles that rescued Blan from danger, but left her injured and unable to return to the game. Coach Ballinger commented that, "Greene's gutsy and spectacular play undoubtedly preserved the shutout, and inspired her teammates to keep up the intensity, as nobody wanted to let her down after she was willing to sacrifice everything for the team. We are crossing our fingers for a speedy recovery as Greene is a linchpin to what we do defensively." The second half followed a similar script, with neither team capitalizing on created chances. The Wildcats attempted 16 shots on the day and were also awarded a penalty kick, but were unable to convert. Blan keeper Chloe Caplinger earned the shutout with 14 saves with several under great duress. Blan's back defensive line of juniors Emma Gundler, Mckenzie Miller, and Merri Lindsey also contributed to that shutout with their high level of play. Blan next plays against Felicity-Franklin on Tuesday the 25th to open up league play.